Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference

June 22, 2017

We wanted to let you know about a fantastic conference called Taking Control of Your Diabetes that’s coming to the Cervantes Convention Center at America’s Center on Saturday, September 23, 2017.  We recommend this day-long conference to all patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes because it is a great place for you to learn about all the latest diabetes developments, research, technology, and medications – all in one place.  So many conferences like this tend to be boring and not very fun or exciting, but TCOYD puts an emphasis on humor, motivating workshops, empowering educational lectures, health screenings, an interactive health fair with dozens of exhibitors, and much more.  Lunch is included as well in this all-day conference.  If you’re looking for that extra bit of inspiration to help you better manage your diabetes, attend this conference!

Cost is only $30 per person if you register before September 20, after which the price goes up to $45.  Financial assistance is available by contacting TCOYD directly.


To register or learn more visit the following website:




Diabetes Support Program Presents:

February 7, 2017

Diabetes, Apps, and Websites – Oh My!

10:00 a.m.  Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hyland Education Great Room

10020 Kennerly Road

St. Louis, MO 63128


Presented by:

Alison Brinker, RD, LD, CDE

Susan Klick, MSN, RN CNL

Meetings are FREE to the public.

All are welcome!

 To register, call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669)

or visit stanthonysmedcenter.com/diabetes.

Come and join us for a fun and learn about the latest mobile phone apps and websites designed to help manage your diabetes better.


August Diabetes Support Group Meeting

August 4, 2016

The TalkDiabetes Support Program

and the Diabetes Education Program at St. Anthony’s present:


Diabetes “Trivia”

Join us for an evening of fun while you test your knowledge and learn a little too!  We will have three “rounds” each with five questions.   Helpful hints about party snacking will be presented too.


6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hyland Education Great Room

10020 Kennerly Road

St. Louis, MO 63128

Meetings are FREE to the public.

All are welcome!


To register, call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669)

or visit stanthonysmedcenter.com/diabetes.

February is Heart Month

February 15, 2016
by Alison Brinker, RD, LD and Susan Klick, MSN, RN, CNL

Diabetes and Cholesterol

Heart attack and stroke are the leading causes of death for people with diabetes.  Having lipid levels within the recommended range can help prevent heart attack and stroke.  Other factors contributing to heart attack and stroke are elevated blood pressure and elevated A1C levels.  By keeping these at the recommended levels your risk of complications from diabetes is decreased.  Lipid levels can improve with healthy eating, weight loss, physical activity, and, if necessary, medications.

Lipids are fat-like substances found in the blood.  Cholesterol and triglycerides are two types of lipids.  The body needs some lipids to stay healthy, but elevated lipid levels can damage artery walls, causing heart disease, hardening of the artery walls, and atherosclerosis all which can cause heart attack and stroke.

Cholesterol is found in the blood and some is actually made by the liver.  Cholesterol is also found only in animal foods such as eggs, milk, cheese, liver, meat and chicken.  The recommendation is for cholesterol levels to be under 200.

LDL (also called “bad cholesterol”) is found in the blood and high levels over time can damage arteries.  When LDL is present, high “plaque” forms in the blood and can block blood flow through arteries.  The recommendation is for LDL to be less than 100 or less than 70 if you have diabetes.  LDL is the most important factor in determining risk for heart disease.  You want to get this number as low as possible to lower your risk.

HDL (also called “good cholesterol”) is the lipid that works to clear LDL or bad cholesterol from the blood helping to keep arteries open.  When HDL is too low, not enough of the LDL cholesterol is removed from the blood increasing the risk of damage to the arteries.  The recommendation is HDL should be greater than 40 for women and greater than 50 for men.

Triglycerides, a fatty substance in the blood, high levels prevent HDL from removing LDL from the blood.  It is recommended the triglyceride level be below 150.

The Cholesterol/Diabetes Connection:  Glucose attaches to LDL’s in the blood.  LDL’s coated with glucose stay in the bloodstream longer, causing sticky plaques to form.  People with diabetes often have low levels of HDL and higher levels of triglycerides, raising the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Join the Diabetes Support Group on Thursday, February 18th at 10:00 a.m. in the Great Room at the Hyland Education Center for a discussion on Heart Health and Cholesterol. Registration is required. Please call 314-ANTHONY (800-554-9550) or register at http://www.stanthonysmedcenter.com/diabetes.




Sources:  Joslin Diabetes Center, Mayo Clinic, CDC, NIH





51 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

March 18, 2015

by Susan Klick, MSN, RN, CNL

Put less on your plate, Nate.

  1. Drink a large glass of water 10 minutes before your meal so you feel less hungry.
  2. Keep meat, chicken, turkey, and fish portions to about 3 ounces.
  3. Share one dessert.

Eat a small meal, Lucille.

  1. Use teaspoons, salad forks, or child-size forks, spoons, and knives to help you take smaller bites and eat less.
  2. Make less food look like more by serving your meal on a salad or breakfast plate.
  3. Eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to send a signal to your brain that you are full.
  4. Listen to music while you eat instead of watching TV (people tend to eat more watching TV).

Dance it away, Faye.

  1. Show your kids the dances you used to do when you were their age.
  2. Turn up the music and jam while doing household chores.
  3. Work out with a video that shows you how to get active.

Let’s go, Flo.

  1. Deliver a message in person to a co-worker instead of sending an e-mail.
  2. Take the stairs to your office
  3. Catch up with friends during a walk instead of by phone.
  4. March in place while you watch TV.
  5. Choose a place to walk that is safe, such as your local mall.
  6. Get off of the bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way home or to work during the week if it is safe.

Snack on a veggie, Reggie.

  1. Buy a mix of vegetables when you go food shopping.
  2. Choose veggie toppings like spinach, broccoli, and peppers for your pizza.
  3. Try eating foods from other countries. Many of these dishes have more vegetables, whole grains, and beans.
  4. Buy frozen and low-salt (sodium) canned vegetables if you are on a budget.
  5. Serve your favorite vegetable and a salad with low-fat macaroni and cheese.

Cook with care, Claire.

  1. Stir fry, broil, or bake with non-stick spray or low-salt broth. Cook with less oil and butter.
  2. Try not to snack while cooking or cleaning the kitchen.
  3. Cook with smaller amounts of cured meats (smoked turkey and turkey bacon). They are high in salt.

Cook in style, Kyle.

  1. Cook with a mix of spices instead of salt.
  2. Try different recipes for baking or broiling meat, chicken, and fish.
  3. Choose foods with little or no added sugar to reduce calories.
  4. Choose brown rice instead of white rice.

Eat healthy on the go, Jo.

  1. Have a big vegetable salad with low-calorie salad dressing when eating out. Share your main dish with a friend or have the other half wrapped to go.
  2. Make healthy choices at fast food restaurants. Try grilled chicken (with skin removed) instead of a  cheeseburger.
  3. Skip the fries and chips and choose a salad.
  4. Order a fruit salad instead of ice cream or cake.

Rethink your drink, Linc.

  1. Find a water bottle you really like (from a church or club event, favorite sports team, etc.) and drink water  from it every day.
  2. Peel and eat an orange instead of drinking orange juice.
  3. If you drink whole milk, try changing to 2% milk. It has less fat than whole milk. Once you get used to 2% milk, try 1% or fat-free (skim) milk. This will help you reduce the amount of fat and calories you take in  each day.
  4. Drink water instead of juice and regular soda.

Eat smart, Bart.

  1. Eat foods made from whole grains every day, (whole wheat bread, brown rice, oats, and whole grain corn.)
  2. Use whole grain bread for toast and sandwiches.
  3. Keep a healthy snack with you, such as fresh fruit, a handful of nuts, and whole grain crackers.
  4. Slow down at snack time. Eating a bag of low-fat popcorn takes longer than eating a candy bar.
  5. Share a bowl of fruit with family and friends.
  6. Eat a healthy snack or meal before shopping for food. Do not shop on an empty stomach.
  7. Shop at your local farmers market for fresh, local food.

Keep track, Jack.

  1. Make a list of food you need to buy before you go to the store.
  2. Keep a written record of what you eat for a week. It can help you see when you tend to overeat or eat foods  high in fat or calories.

Read the label, Mabel.

  1. Compare food labels on packages.
  2. Choose foods lower in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, calories, salt, and added sugars.

You can exhale, Gail.

  1. Take time to change the way you eat and get active. Try one new food or activity a week.
  2. Find ways to relax. Try deep breathing, taking a walk, or listening to your favorite music.
  3. Pamper yourself. Read a book, take a long bath, or meditate.
  4. Think before you eat. Try not to eat when you are bored, upset, or unhappy.


St. Anthony’s Medical Center is presenting a FREE class on Preventing Type 2 Diabetes. Please join us on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Hyland Education Center Great Room. Registration is required. Call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669). For more information visit http://www.stanthonysmedcenter.com


Source: National Diabetes Education Program

How Much Candy is bought for Halloween?

October 27, 2014

Halloween 3

by Darla Martin, RD, LD, CDE
Have a guess for how much candy is bought for Halloween. A whopping 6 million pounds. This is equivalent in weight to 6 Titanic ships. That is a lot of calories, carbohydrate and fat!!

We cannot take the candy out of Halloween. Candy is everywhere during Halloween. It is stacked for weeks in ceiling-high piles at the supermarket. It is pooled in giant bowls on people’s desks at work. On Halloween night, homeowners everywhere load it by the handful into trick-or-treaters’ baskets. And even after the big night itself, it is sold in discount bins throughout the stores.

Planning is the key. Count the carbohydrates you are consuming when eating the treat and make it a part of your meal plan. If taking insulin, apply the appropriate insulin to carb ratio.

Ideas of what to do with extra candy after the tricker treaters are gone. Donate candy to community groups or send it to troops serving overseas. Use it to treat a low blood glucose reaction (be careful not to use candy with a lot of fat, such as chocolate candy or chocolate bars). See below for carbohydrate count of popular candies.

Halloween 1   Carbohydrate Count of Halloween Candy  

Candy Size/Package Carbohydrate (g)
Air Head 1 bar 14g
Almond Joy 1 snack size 10g
Baby Ruth 1 fun size 12g
Bit-O-Honey 3 pieces 16g
Blow Pop Sucker 1 sucker 17g
Bubble Yum 1 6g
Butterfinger 1 fun size 18g
Candy Corn 12 pieces 15g
Dots 1 small box (7 pieces) 20g
Dum Dum Sucker 1 sucker 5g
Gobstopper 9 pieces 14g
Gummy Bears 8 pieces 15g
Hershey’s Bar 3 miniatures 15g
Hershey’s Almond Bar 3 miniatures 15g
Hershey’s Kisses 6 pieces 16g
Jolly Rancher 1 piece 6g
Kit Kat Bar 1 snack size 9g
Twizzlers Licorice 4 pieces 18g
M&Ms (Plain) 1 fun size 11g
M&Ms (Peanut) 1 fun size 11g
Mike & Ikes 1 small box 20g
Milky Way 1 fun size 12g
Nerds 1 small box 14g
Nestle Crunch 1 fun size 8g
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups 3 miniatures 15g
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups 1 regular cup 12g
Shockers 9 pieces 13g
Skittles 1 mini bag 13g
Smarties 1 roll 6g
Snickers 1 fun size 10g
Starburst 4 pieces 12g
Sweet Tarts 8 pieces 13g
3 Musketeers 1 fun size 11g
Tootsie Pop 1 sucker 15g
Tootsie Roll 3 small pieces 14g
Twix 1 fun size 13g
Whoppers 9 pieces 15g




Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

September 24, 2014


By Kristen Rider, BSN, CDE


Currently there are approximately 86 million Americans living with diabetes. The Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes is the signature fundraiser walk of the American Diabetes Association. This event has been taking place for over 20 years. Last year the event raised over $24 million nationwide. This year’s walk will be held October 11, 2014 at Creve Couer Park. Funds raised go towards research, information and advocacy and public awareness activities. Start a team today and join the efforts to stop diabetes. You can walk as a Red Strider (someone living with diabetes) or walk to support someone you know living with diabetes. If you raise $100 you receive the 2014 Step Out Walk T-shirt, and there are other various prizes for different levels of fund raising. At the walk you can enjoy breakfast, visit booths of many different organizations and vendors, and win raffle prizes. There is plenty for the kids to do too! And what better way to be physically active than to get out and walk to support stopping diabetes? For more information visit www.diabetes.org.


Source: American Diabetes Association. www.diabetes.org

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